Monday, November 20, 2006
From courier-journal.com: A proposed ordinance banning sex offenders from Jeffersonville, Indiana's parks could be approved by the end of the year — but might face a court challenge to its constitutionality.
The ordinance would require that the estimated 60 Jeffersonville residents on the Indiana Sex Offender Registry be notified of its provisions. And signs would have to be posted at city parks saying that those on the registry are banned from entering.
Several members of the Jeffersonville City Council say they support the concept. But Ken Falk, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, said he believes it could be challenged as a violation of the Indiana constitution, much as his organization is challenging similar ordinances in Indianapolis and Plainfield.
"People have a right to use public parks," Falk said, adding that the ACLU would represent anyone who wanted to challenge the ordinance, if enacted. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]